Suburban Advantage

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Suburban Advantage
Demo by Patrick Wilson
Released 1994
Recorded Spring 1994
Length 24:33
Patrick Wilson chronology
My Spine
Suburban Advantage
The Special Goodness

Suburban Advantage is a demo EP recorded by Patrick Wilson in spring 1994. It was Wilson's first "formal" demo tape.


After recording a rough demo, My Spine, in fall 1993, Wilson wrote a fresh batch of music that he developed on a four-track recorder over the following months.[1]: a b Music from this period, as well as some borrowed from the earlier demo, was compiled into a 7-song demo tape titled Suburban Advantage in late spring 1994.

The EP was recorded entirely by Wilson. He used a Dr. Rhythm drum machine (on the TR-808 kit) to create its drum tracks, aiming for a sound unique from his previous demos. Roughly 8-10 copies of the tape were made and distributed among friends and Geffen industry contacts.[1]: c The demo preceded Wilson's 1995 Huge Guy demos, which evolved into his band The Special Goodness. Music from "Let's Go to the Mall" and "I Wouldn't Say It" would later be re-tooled into the Special Goodness songs "Riff", "Pardon Me", and "Everywhere". Ultimately, however, few elements from the EP would carry over into the later sound of Wilson's music. A fan account from 1997 indicated that Wilson was disinterested with the demo and did not plan to revisit its songs for the Special Goodness.[2]

The full EP was bootlegged and traded between Weezer fans no later than January 1996 and potentially much earlier.[3] Carli Allan of the Weezer Fan Club explicitly discouraged trading of the audio, stating in 1997 that the songs were "never meant to be released".[4] As trading the demos was frowned upon, they remained fairly uncommon for some time. "Let's Go to the Mall", "New Wave Lullaby", and "If You Move Away" circulated more frequently than the others during the late '90s; only these tracks are noted as having been bootlegged in Karl Koch's Weezer Recording History, ca. 2000.[1]: c Nonetheless, all seven tracks would eventually become more accessible and circulated widely in the 2000s and onwards.

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Let's Go to the Mall"   3:39
2. "I Wouldn't Say It"   3:52
3. "New Wave Lullaby"   3:25
4. "If You Move Away"   3:39
5. "Unfamiliar"   2:42
6. "Illegitimus Non Carbarorundom"   3:52
7. "Bonus Track"   3:24
Total length:

See also